The top 10 gas grills between the price of $500 and $1,000 on the market for 2013. If you are looking to purchase a new grill in this price range (based on manufacturer's suggested retail price) then these are the ones you should be looking at. These Gas Grills put out plenty of heat, are built solid and have all the versatility you want. This quick review of Gas Grills should help you get started.
For more advice on gas grills in this price range see my Gas Grills between $500 and $1500 Buyer's Guide.
Weber-Stephen Products Co.
Simply put the Weber Genesis line of grills are the best you can buy in this price range and beyond. The list price is $949USD but you can typically find it for around $800USD. What you get with the E-330 is a three burner grill (available in three colors), a 12,000 BTU side burner, and a 10,000 BTU internally mounted sear burner. Other models in this series come without the side burner or the sear burner. You decide which configuration works for you and buy only what you need.
Onward Manufacturing Company
Broil-King makes grills that cook and cook hot. This unit has some very impressive features, including a full rotisserie system and the revolutionary Dual-Tube stainless steel burners. At around $800USD this full feature grill is expensive but it certainly can cook. The quality of this grill is exceptional and it will last for many years, but you have to factor in the price. This is definitely one of the best gas grills on the market.
Looking for a reliable gas grill that is easy to use? This just might be the perfect grill. Forget all the talk about the infrared cooking system and the 24,000 BTUs under 500 square inches of primary grilling space. What makes this grill one of the best for the price is that it heats quickly, gets very hot, and cooks efficiently. Whether you are a serious griller or a first time outdoor cooking, the Saber Grills, don't flare-ups and actually reduce the chance of burning food. Yes, there is a lot of science and innovation behind the design, but that doesn't really matter. This is a basic grill for a basic price, but an excellent value.
The Ultra Chef line from Napoleon is their entry level grills. Available in a number of configurations and mountings, this version, the U405 is their basic model. This is a no frills grill that has excellent heat output and cooking characteristics. The porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates hold heat and give you great contact with food for searing and high temperature cooking. With the 3-burner design and highly adjustable heat output this grill can do all your basic grilling tasks with ease. Since this grill is made by Napoleon (in Canada) it has a lot to back it up.
The Holland Grill
New for 2011 is the Holland Maverick limited edition gas grill to celebrate the company's 25 years in business. This is the least expensive of the Holland Grills, with a list price of $499USD but that price is subject to the dealers so you might not be able to find it for this price (I haven't). Like all Holland Grills, the Maverick has a single cast iron burner under a metal deflector plate that separates the fire from the cooking chamber. Critics will say that this is just a large metal oven, but fans of this grill (which there are many) will say that this is one of the most versatile gas grills on the market.
Onward Manufacturing Company
This Huntington Gas Grill by Onward Manufacturing is an $800 monster available exclusively at Cabela's. Featuring the same great features that have made Broil-King amongst the best money can buy, this 5-burner grill is large and designed to impress, and impress it does. Loaded with a full rotisserie system and side burner, this grill has virtually everything. What limits it, is a low BTU output from the main burners when compared with the size and low powered side burner. While still an impressive grill, built to last there are some shortcuts made to accommodate the price versus size and features.
Napoleon gas grills are amongst the best you can buy, but they tend to be expensive. The Mirage line is Napoleon's more affordable collection of gas grills, and this one, the M485RB, is the most basic and least expensive yet it still lists for nearly $900USD. That makes it more expensive than comparable Weber or Broil-King grills. This gas grill is a 3-burner unit with an infrared rotisserie burner (but the rotisserie kit is extra but a dealer might cut you a deal).
Weber-Stephen Products Co.
Simply put the Weber Genesis line of grills are the best you can buy in this price range and beyond. The list price is $1,099USD but you can typically find it for around $950USD. What you get with the S-330 is a three burner grill, a 12,000 BTU side burner, and a 10,000 BTU internally mounted sear burner. Other models in this series come without the side burner or the sear burner. You decide which configuration works for you and buy only what you need.
This is a heavy grill with heavy cast iron and stainless steel body parts. The 40,500 BTU output from three stainless steel burners is more than enough to heat the nearly 440 square inches of primary grilling area. Recently construction of the Vermont Castings grills has been moved from China to the United States. The materials used are excellent and the construction is definitely superior to the mass market grills. Look to spend around $1,200USD for this gas grill. an optional side burner can be added either a standard gas burner or infrared sear burner.
The Char-Broil Performance is based on the Quantum grill design that has been available at Lowes for the past several years. For the most part this is a completely normal gas grill. What Char-Broil has done is put a perforated sheet of metal directly under the cooking grate. This stops the flow of air and converts the heat of the burners into infrared heat. In reality, this grill doesn't grill differently than a standard grill. The problem is that this type of infrared requires extra care and is prone to rusting of the infrared "screen".